Castello Gran Duca
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Castle | 13 bedrooms | sleeps 26
A cypress and pine tree lined drive leads you to the imposing iron gate which introduces you to the magnificent ivy-covered Castello Gran Duca and to the fabulous scenery that opens in front of you. This will be just the beginning of your dream holiday.
From its privileged panoramic position on the hills in the area of Campiglia Marittima, this superb XVI century Castle, former residence of Leopold II Grand Duke of Tuscany, enjoys splendid views of the countryside surrounding stretching out to the seaside in the distance and to the Island of Elba on clear days. An exclusive amazing location for this unique Castle which enjoys all the quiet and calm of this green environment but only 1 km from the nearest town, Venturina, which offers all the amenities, and only 10 minutes drive from the Tuscan coast and the enchanting Baratti Gulf.
A luxury residence immersed in its perfectly manicured exclusive park, it offers plenty of gardens and terraces to organize your al fresco dinners or simply to relax in this peaceful intimate atmosphere while reading a book, sipping a glass of wine or sunbathing by the private pool.
The restoration works carefully preserved the original architectural features such as the panelled high ceilings so typical of the noble historical dwellings and wooden beams on the upper floors. The furnishing is noble ancient Tuscan style and it is completed with antiques, oil paintings and precious pieces belonging to the family. All the modern comforts are also provided such as the air conditioning in the bedrooms and the newly fitted bathrooms, hand-painted and decorated in travertine marble.
All the details have been perfectly considered to guarantee that Castello Gran Duca provides all the contemporary facilities and at the same time make sure that all its ancient romantic charm remains untouched to offer its guests an extraordinary historical experience in a sensory environment of culture and refinement.
ACCOMODATION: The villa is 1500 square meters and it sleeps up to 26 persons in 13 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms.
The ground floor of the villa hosts the large living areas of the villa tastefully furnished completely with period pieces in keeping with the style of the castle.
The large entrance hall is embellished with ancient paintings, coat of arms and furnished with an important XVIII century wooden table. From here you access the ground floor salons and living rooms with their original panelled ceilings. One sumptuous frescoed living room has fireplace and corner bar. The other living room has sofas stylishly upholstered with damask fabric , TV sat, VCR/CD/DVD player. The reading room with library has an antique wooden desk and internet point. On the same level there is also the majestic and spacious dining room with its fireplace decorated with frescoes and majolica tiles, the large table can comfortably accommodate all the group. A service toilet. Four bedrooms with private ensuite bathrooms are on this floor.
From the main entrance hall, two staircases on the left and on the right lead to the upper floors of the castle where are located the other 9 bedrooms of the villa all with private ensuite bathroom with shower or bathtub and hairdryer. Some of the bedrooms can become twin upon request and each bedroom is decorated differently with antique and precious pieces in keeping with the elegant style of the castle. The bedrooms have panoramic views of the garden and the court of the castle and all of them come equipped with air conditioning, Tv sat and safe. There is also Wi Fi internet access throughout the villa and central heating.
Eight bedrooms are on the first floor and the ninth with its private bathroom is located in the attic floor with sloping ceiling.
Please note: for this villa according to the national regulations the professional kitchen can only be used by professional staff and not directly by the clients. The owners are able and happy to organize all your meals for an extra price, which will be a very good offer for your to consider.
GARDEN & SWIMMING POOL: The Castle is accessed through its impressive iron gate at the end of a cypress and pine trees lined road. The forecourt across the gate is also the clients' private parking. Through the entrance hall you will reach the lovely rose garden to the rear, perfectly equipped to eat outside. This is the ideal place for breakfasts, lunches and dinners al fresco and the sitting area is perfect to relax whilst enjoying the quiet and the views of the garden.
Stone steps lead down to the terraced fenced garden of the swimming pool separated by a small gate. The private swimming pool (5 x 11 m – maximum depth 3 m – open from 15/05 to 30/09) is situated in a secluded position and it enjoys the views of the olive groves in the grounds below. The pool is shaded by ancient maritime pine trees and it is fully equipped with sun lounges and sun beds. On the same level are also the Jacuzzi, some equipment for the fitness and the changing room with toilet.
A covered terrace is equipped with table and chairs for your outdoor meals and barbecues.
The castle is surrounded by its 10 hectare exclusive large park perfectly manicured with green lawns, colourful flowers, and mature trees.
The owners of Castello Gran Duca are very welcoming persons and together with their staff, they can offer different services including catered breakfasts, lunches and dinners, laundry, extra cleanings and even excursions. All these services are on request and will be paid on site.
HISTORY: Documents dating back to the 1529, demonstrate the existence of a former palace that was renovated to become the administrative headquarters of the Campiglia Marittima Railways. The Castello Gran Duca as we know it, was built at the beginning of the XVI century and, later on, it became the residence of Leopold II, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, during the reclamation of the Maremma. Leopold II was born on October the 3rd, 1797 in Florence and died in Rome on January 29, 1870. He was the last Grand Duke of Tuscany and reigned from 1824 until his abdication in 1859. The Castle has been the residence of many Grand Dukes of Tuscany, but Leopold II lived there for longer than all the others.
In 1860 the Castle passed into the hands of the Merciai family, whose heirs are the current owners. They have maintained the castle to the highest standards and all the restoration works have been supervised by the Italian Institute of Fine Arts. Nowadays the castle represents one of the most important monuments of the Tuscan Maremma and the owners transformed it into a "Historical Residence" open to all those who wish to enjoy an unforgettable holiday and to discover this beautiful land rich in history and art.
|Size||Sleeps up to 26, 13 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||San Vincenzo 10 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa - Galileo Galilei 95 km, Nearest railway: Campiglia Marittima 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||13 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms of which 13 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (12), Cots (1), Dining seats for 30, Lounge seats for 30|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Trampoline|
About this location
The Tuscany region
Castello Gran Duca is located approximately 1 km from Venturina which offers all kinds of shops and supermarket. This beautiful part of the Tuscan coast called Etruscan coast, with its lovely beaches, is just few minutes away, and there are many pretty towns to explore : Piombino (with ferries for Elba) 10 km, Livorno 60 km, Pisa 75 km. Florence and Siena are within 120 km. Nice beaches are just a short drive away in the Baratti Gulf.
This area has many tourist attractions thanks to its history, art, culture and cuisine. With its splendid medieval towns and landscape, the Etruscan Riviera embraces many different aspects to discover and many festivals take place in the various villages during the summer time. Other attractions are the thermal spas, natural reserves and lovely countryside. A little further are other famous Tuscan towns such as Florence, Siena and Pisa all well worth a visit. Even the island of Elba is accessible via nearby ferry connections.
This part of Tuscany is also renowned all over the world for its celebrated wines such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia. We highly recommend a tour of the local wine producing farms where wine experts will guide and assist you throughout the itinerary.
Castello Gran Duca is really a unique property in a great location for a truly unforgettable experience.
Nearest town: Venturina km 1
Restaurants: Venturina km 1
Supermarket: Venturina km 1
Grocery: Venturina km 1
Shops: Venturina km 1
Bank: Venturina km 1
Post office: Venturina km 1
Chemistry: Venturina km 1
Tennis court: Venturina km 1
Golf: Golf Club Punta Ala km 40
Horse riding: Campiglia Marittima km 8
SPA: Terme Di Venturina km 2
Train station: Campiglia Marittima km 4
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